Appeared in 17th season of "Celebrity Big Brother," but departed after 13 episodes for medical reasons
Featured in his own reality series, "This is David Gest"
Co-starred in fourth season of "I'm a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!"
Married Liza Minnelli, but divorced after 18 months
Produced Michael Jackson 30th Anniversary Celebration: The Solo Years concerts at Madison Square Garden
Regretted his decision to have plastic surgery in 1980 and was disappointed by the end results. The surgeon who performed the operations also provided Michael Jackson with numerous plastic surgeries.
Said he broke into the record business by pretending to write a music column for his high school newspaper, which gave him access to free records and visits to recording studios.
Claimed to suffer from chronic phonophobia, or a fear of the sound of his own voice.
Among the allegations in his suit against Minnelli was that he suffered from chronic pain after being struck in the head by one of her stiletto heels. The suit, along with her countersuit, were dropped in order to finalize their divorce in 2007.
At the time of his death, he was planning a new music tour called David Gest is Not Dead But Alive with Soul. The tour took its name from an incident on "Celebrity Big Brother" in which fellow contestant Angie Bowie told another participant that "David" - meaning Bowie's ex-husband, David Bowie - had died. The other participant, Tiffany Pollard, became upset, believing that Gest - who had left the show for medical reasons - had passed away.